Cornell, ranked No. 5 in the nation, broke open a 1-1 game with three consecutive goals in the second period and went on to a 6-2 victory over Canisius Saturday at Lynah Rink in Ithaca.
Freshman Kyle Betts scored two of his three goals in the middle period for the Big Red (11-2). Senior Trevor Yates began the Cornell run of goals after Nick Hutchison of the Golden Griffins had tied the game with a power-play goal at 4:45. It was Hutchison's seventh goal of the season.
Betts had given Cornell the lead at 15:18 of the opening session.
Dylan McLaughlin's 12th goal of the season brought Canisius within two, 4-2, just 12 seconds into the third period but Yates scored his second of the game and assisted on the final goal by Morgan Barron. Ryan Schmelzer had his ninth assist and 21 point of the season on McLaughlin's goal.
Canisius was outshot, 41-26 by the Big Red, which has lost only to Clarkson and Miami (Ohio) and owns wins over Quinnipiac, Harvard, St. Lawrence and Niagara.
Daniel Urbani of Canisius made 22 saves on 26 shots the first two periods. Blake Weyrick stopped 13 of 15 he faces in the third.
Canisius will play at Clarkson on Tuesday and at St. Lawrence on Friday and Saturday in a trip to the North Country.